Universities that promote the usefulness of global standards in research, business and public administration will be honoured this summer by awards from the International Organisation for Standardisation.
Courses designed to increase expertise in standardisation and widen support for the idea that standards aid economic growth and technology transfer will be considered; they will need to have been running for at least two years. The winner of each of the SFr15,000 (£6,281) ISO Awards for Higher Education in Standardisation will be chosen by an expert committee of academics, media specialists and business representatives. Winners will will be announced in September.
The ISO said: "Innovation and new technologies depend more than ever on international standards that create a world market for them and act as vehicles for their dissemination. Knowledge of the importance of standards therefore becomes imperative in the curricula of managers, scientists and technologists."